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Table of Contents

Foreword to Windows 7 Inside Out; Foreword; Introduction; Who This Book Is For; Features and Conventions Used In This Book; About the CD; Acknowledgments; Support and Feedback; Part 1: Getting Started; Chapter 1: What’s New in Windows 7; 1.1 Introducing the Windows 7 Family; 1.2 Adjusting to the Windows 7 Interface; 1.3 Organizing and Finding Files; 1.4 Saving, Sharing, and Playing Digital Media; 1.5 Networking in New Ways; 1.6 Keeping Your PC Speedy and Safe; 1.7 Using Internet Explorer 9; 1.8 Updating to Service Pack 1; Chapter 2: Installing and Configuring Windows 7; 2.1 Before You Start; 2.2 Setting Up Windows 7; 2.3 Upgrading from Another Windows 7 Edition; 2.4 Installing and Updating Drivers; 2.5 Activating and Validating Windows 7; 2.6 Transferring Files and Settings from Another Computer; 2.7 Tweaking and Tuning Your Windows Installation; Chapter 3: Obtaining Help and Support; 3.1 Using Windows Help And Support; 3.2 Connecting to Another PC with Windows Remote Assistance; 3.3 Help and Support Resources for IT Professionals; Chapter 4: Personalizing Windows 7; 4.1 Working with the New Taskbar and Start Menu; 4.2 Personalizing the Taskbar and Start Menu; 4.3 Mastering Window Management with Windows 7 Tricks; 4.4 Personalizing Theme Elements: Visuals and Sounds; 4.5 Configuring Your Display; 4.6 Using and Customizing Desktop Gadgets; 4.7 Setting Power and Sleep Options; 4.8 Working with Fonts; 4.9 Adjusting Ease of Access Options; Chapter 5: Adding, Removing, and Managing Programs; 5.1 Dealing with User Account Control; 5.2 Dealing with Compatibility Issues; 5.3 Running Legacy Applications in Windows XP Mode; 5.4 Installing Programs on 64-Bit Editions of Windows; 5.5 Managing Startup Programs; 5.6 Managing Running Programs and Processes with Windows Task Manager; 5.7 Running a Program as an Administrator or Another User; 5.8 Uninstalling Programs; 5.9 Setting Default Programs, File-Type Associations, and AutoPlay Options; Chapter 6: Using Internet Explorer; 6.1 What’s New in Internet Explorer 9; 6.2 Installing and Uninstalling Internet Explorer 9; 6.3 Browsing with Internet Explorer; 6.4 Managing Favorite Sites and Recent History; 6.5 Managing and Troubleshooting Add-Ons; 6.6 Working with RSS Feeds and Web Slices; Chapter 7: Internet Explorer Compatibility, Security, and Privacy; 7.1 Dealing with Compatibility Issues; 7.2 Monitoring and Maintaining Security; 7.3 Protecting Your Privacy; 7.4 Managing Downloads; Chapter 8: Adding Windows Live Programs and Services; 8.1 Getting Started with Windows Live Programs and Services; 8.2 Managing Your Windows Live ID and Profile; 8.3 Synchronizing Files and Favorites with Windows Live Mesh; 8.4 Using Windows Live Mail; 8.5 Using Windows Live Photo Gallery; 8.6 Using Windows Live Messenger; Part 2: File Management; Chapter 9: Organizing Files and Information; 9.1 Mastering Windows Explorer; 9.2 Working with Libraries; 9.3 Using Compressed (Zipped) Folders; 9.4 Arranging Data in Windows Explorer; 9.5 Managing File Properties and Metadata; Chapter 10: Using Windows Search; 10.1 Configuring Search and Indexing Options; 10.2 Basic Search Techniques; 10.3 Advanced Search Tools and Techniques; 10.4 Saving Searches and Clearing Search History; Chapter 11: Advanced File Management; 11.1 Recovering Lost, Damaged, and Deleted Files and Folders; 11.2 Staying in Sync with Offline Files; 11.3 Relocating Personal Data Folders; 11.4 Encrypting Information; 11.5 Industrial-Strength File Management with Robocopy and Robocopy GUI; 11.6 Opening Shell Folders with the Shell Command; 11.7 Using GUIDs to Open Control Panel Items and System Folders; Chapter 12: Backup, Restore, and Recovery; 12.1 Using the Windows Backup Program; 12.2 Implementing a Backup Strategy in a Server-Based Environment; 12.3 Configuring System Protection Options; 12.4 Rolling Back to a Stable State with System Restore; Part 3: Digital Media; Chapter 13: Playing and Organizing Digital Media Files; 13.1 Which File Formats and Codecs Does Windows 7 Support?; 13.2 Using Windows Media Player; 13.3 Ripping CDs; 13.4 Managing Your Media Library; 13.5 Working with (and Around) Digital Rights Management; Chapter 14: Sharing and Syncing Digital Media; 14.1 Sharing Digital Media over a Network; 14.2 Synchronizing Digital Media with Portable Devices; 14.3 Burning Music and Other Media to CDs and DVDs; 14.4 Using DVDs to Share Pictures and Videos; Chapter 15: Using Windows Media Center; 15.1 Setting Up and Customizing Media Center; 15.2 Mastering the Media Center Interface; 15.3 Playing Music, Pictures, Videos, and Movies; 15.4 Recording and Watching TV; 15.5 Using an Xbox 360 as a Media Center Extender; Chapter 16: Digital Media for Enthusiasts; 16.1 Mastering the Zune Software; 16.2 Connecting a PC to a Home Entertainment System; 16.3 Managing Remote Controls and Wireless Input Devices; 16.4 Integrating an Xbox 360 into a Home Network; Part 4: Security and Networking; Chapter 17: Security Essentials; 17.1 Understanding Security Threats; 17.2 What’s New in Windows 7; 17.3 Monitoring Your Computer’s Security; 17.4 Blocking Intruders with Windows Firewall; 17.5 Staying Secure with Windows Update; 17.6 Using Security Software to Block Malware; 17.7 Preventing Unsafe Actions with User Account Control; Chapter 18: Managing User Accounts, Passwords, and Logons; 18.1 Introducing Access Control in Windows; 18.2 Working with User Accounts; 18.3 Setting a Logon Password; 18.4 Managing the Logon Process; 18.5 Controlling Your Children’s Computer Access; Chapter 19: Setting Up a Small Office or Home Network; 19.1 Introducing Windows 7 Networking; 19.2 Configuring Your Network Hardware; 19.3 Setting Up a Wireless Network; 19.4 Using HomeGroup to Connect Your Computers at Home; 19.5 Connecting to Windows Home Server; Chapter 20: Sharing and Managing Network Resources; 20.1 Sharing Files, Digital Media, and Printers in a Homegroup; 20.2 Sharing Resources with Older Windows Versions; 20.3 Finding and Using Shared Resources on a Windows Network; Chapter 21: Advanced Windows Networking; 21.1 Working in a Domain-Based Network; 21.2 Connecting to Another Computer with Remote Desktop; 21.3 Connecting Remotely with Windows Live Mesh; 21.4 Connecting Remotely to a Windows Home Server Network; 21.5 Using a Virtual Private Network for Remote Access; 21.6 Bridging Two Networks; Chapter 22: Fixing and Tweaking Your Network; 22.1 Viewing Status in Network And Sharing Center; 22.2 Diagnosing Problems Using Network Map; 22.3 Troubleshooting Network Problems; 22.4 Maximizing Network Performance; 22.5 Changing Network Settings; 22.6 Managing Network Connections; Part 5: Tuning, Tweaking, and Troubleshooting; Chapter 23: Tuning Up and Monitoring Performance; 23.1 Establishing a Performance Baseline; 23.2 Monitoring Performance in Real Time; 23.3 Basic Strategies for Improving Performance; 23.4 Advanced Performance Analysis Tools and Techniques; Chapter 24: Performing Routine Maintenance; 24.1 Introducing Action Center; 24.2 Keeping Your System Secure with Windows Update; 24.3 Checking Disks for Errors; 24.4 Defragmenting Disks for Better Performance; 24.5 Managing Disk Space; Chapter 25: Using Advanced System Management Tools; 25.1 Viewing System Information; 25.2 Finding and Decoding Information in System Information; 25.3 Using Microsoft Management Console; 25.4 Managing Services; 25.5 Editing the Registry; 25.6 Using Group Policy; Chapter 26: Deployment and Migration; 26.1 Expediting Multiple Windows Installations by Installing from a USB Flash Drive; 26.2 Deploying Windows and Microsoft Office on Several Computers; 26.3 Migrating User Data; 26.4 Working with Volume Licenses; Chapter 27: Automating Windows 7; 27.1 Using Task Scheduler; 27.2 Automating Command Sequences with Batch Programs; 27.3 Automating Tasks with Windows Script Host; 27.4 An Introduction to Windows PowerShell; Chapter 28: Troubleshooting Windows Errors and Crashes; 28.1 Reporting Problems and Finding Solutions; 28.2 Checking for Solutions to Problems; 28.3 Using Troubleshooters to Solve Problems; 28.4 Using Problem Steps Recorder to Get Help; 28.5 Reviewing Problem Reports with Reliability Monitor; 28.6 Troubleshooting Hangs and Other Problems with Resource Monitor; 28.7 Digging Deeper with Event Viewer; 28.8 Understanding Stop Errors; 28.9 Recovering from a Crash; Part 6: Windows 7 and PC Hardware; Chapter 29: Setting Up and Configuring Hardware; 29.1 Installing a New Plug and Play Device; 29.2 Managing Devices with Devices And Printers; 29.3 Managing Devices with Device Stage; 29.4 Managing Devices with Device Manager; 29.5 Configuring Legacy Devices; 29.6 Changing Settings for an Installed Device; 29.7 Managing Installed Drivers; 29.8 Enabling and Disabling Individual Devices; 29.9 Decoding Hardware Errors; Chapter 30: Managing Disks and Drives; 30.1 The Windows 7 Disk-Management Toolkit; 30.2 Running Disk Management; 30.3 Managing Disks from the Command Prompt; 30.4 Setting Up a New Hard Disk; 30.5 Managing Existing Disks and Volumes; 30.6 Working with Virtual Hard Disks; 30.7 Working with Solid State Drives; Chapter 31: Using Pen, Touch, and Voice Input; 31.1 Enabling and Customizing Pen and Touch Features; 31.2 Reading, Writing, and Editing with Pen and Touch Tools; 31.3 Using Speech Recognition and Voice Commands; Part 7: Appendixes; Windows 7 Editions at a Glance; Features Available in All Windows 7 Editions; Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic; Windows 7 Home Premium; Windows 7 Professional; Windows 7 Ultimate/Enterprise; Working with the Command Prompt; Starting and Ending a Command Prompt Session; Using Commands; Using Environment Variables; Customizing Command Prompt Windows; Fixes Included in Windows 7 Service Pack 1; Application Compatibility; Computer Management, Administration, and Tools; Desktop and Shell; Development Tools, Including .NET Framework and Data Components; Hardware and Drivers; International/Localization; Internet Explorer; Multimedia; Networking; Networking: IIS and WebDAV Issues; Networking: Remote Access, VPN; Offline Files; Performance and Reliability; Printing and Scanning Technologies; Security; Setup, Deployment, Backup, and Activation; Sleep/Hibernation and Power Management; Startup/Shutdown; Storage; Time Zone/Daylight Saving Time; Windows Media Center; Windows Media Player and Related Technologies; Windows Portable Devices; Windows 7 Certifications; Preparing for Certification Exams; Some Useful Accessory Programs; Our Favorite Five; Other Handy Accessories; System Management Tools; Historical Curiosities;

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